Every year the festival looks obsessively to choose from the greatest people in the national and international silent film community. These people also graciously supported our little student community in return, and make us feel honored.
This year the jury process began on February 19th. The jury members view the films with a professional eye and carefully analyze and grade them. On April 7th there will be a meeting to choose the best films in each category.
This year’s jury members include: Mr. Shahram Mokri, Mr. Babak Karimi, Mr. Mehrdad Oskouie, Mr. Houman Behmanesh, Mr. Payman Maadi, Mr. Madjid Barzegar, and Ms. Hayde Safiyari.
You will see a brief introduction to these people, so you can know them better.
Hayde Safiyari began her film career as an editor for the film Dokhtare Kenare Mordab (The Girl Beside the Well) in 1989. It was the editing of the film Ajanse Shishei (the Glass Agency) that brought her first Crystal Simorgh at the Fajr Internatonal Film Festival. She followed her success the nest year, receiving the same award for the film Roobane Ghermez (The Red Ribbon). Amongst her most acclaimed works are A Separation and The Salesman, both of which have received Oscars for best foreign language film.
She has been nominated countless in Iranian and International Film Festival, and has also won the prize for best editing at the Asian Film Festival in Hong Kong.
Majid Barzegar is an Iranian film director, producer, screenwriter, and photographer. Barzegar has been involved in the production of many independent short and feature films since 1990. Most of these films have been showcased at various international film festivals.
Barzegar has also been the president of the board of the Iranian Short Film Association (ISFA) since 2008.
As a producer, Barzegar founded his Tehran-based company Barzegar Production in 1998 with the aim of developing and producing independent, original films that stand out amid the humdrum of Iranian mainstream cinema.
Babak Karimi, born in 1960 in Prague, is an Iranian editor and actor.
He graduated from the Rosselini institute in Rome. He then spent some time teaching cinema in Rome, as well as working on some projects as director, cinematographer, and editor in several countries. He has edited many films including Marquise and The Secret Vote. He has recently acted in many films, including A Separation and The Salesman, both of which have won Oscars for foreign language film. He has also won the Berlin International Film Festival’s award for best male actor.
Houman Behmanesh, born in 1980, Lahijan is an Iranian cinematographer. He has graduated in film directing and is a member of the Iranian Society of Cinematographers, Iranian Short Film Association, and the Iranian National Elite Foundation. Behmanesh began his professional career as a cinematographer in 1995 with the film “Those Three”, and has received several national and international awards in cinematography. Among his most well-known films are Modest Reception and A Dragon Arrives.
Mehrdad Oskouei is an Iranian independent producer, director and screenwriter of documentary films and film educator.
He received his MFA in film directing from the Department of Film and Theater of Tehran University of Fine Arts. Most of his films have been shown at respected festivals both at home and abroad with many receiving critical acclaim. His films being shown at over 400 national and international film festivals in over 50 countries and having won over 90 awards makes him one of the most outstanding Iranian documentary makers. In 2010, Oskouei received the Prince Claus Award from the Netherlands for his achievements.
In 2010, Oskouei received the life-time achievement in documentary making from the Iranian Documentary Filmmakers Association at the House of Cinema awards ceremony.
Payman Moaadi is an Iranian-American actor, screenwriter and director. He is best known for starring in the films A Separation and About Elly and the independent drama film Camp X-Ray.
Moaadi started his film career as a screenwriter in late 2000 with the successful movie Swan Song. He began his acting career in the 2009 film About Elly.
Two years later, he received the Silver Bear award for Best Actor in Leading Role at the Berlin International Film Festival for his performance in the oscar winning film A Separation. He was seen in the indie drama Camp X-Ray, which was accepted into the U.S. Dramatic Competition section of the 2014 Sundance Film Festival and was released October 17, 2014.
Shahram Mokr, is an Iranian Kurdish writer and film director. His film Mahi Va Gorbeh (Fish & Cat) was shown at the 70th Venice Film Festival and won the special orizzonti award for innovative content. He was nominated for the 2013 Asia Pacific Screen Award for Achievement in Directing for Fish & Cat. For his short film The Dragonfly Storm, Mokri won Best Director at the 2007 Noor Iranian Film Festival.
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